5 weeks in Greenpoint!

April 14, 2010 § 1 Comment

I’m back in Brooklyn! My long travel day on Monday wasn’t as long as I expected it to be and my border crossing went about 15,000 times more smoothly than it did in November. My super duper parents came along for the adventure again and were wonderful company, as always. Everything went so smoothly, that I was able to catch an earlier flight out of Buffalo, even after stopping for lunch! I came home to the apartment I hadn’t seen in 4.5 months, sparkling clean, and Nick came home early from work so we could get dinner together.

This week is all about getting used to being back. It’s a pretty big culture shock going from Whitby to New York. My immediate observations include: everything seems so close! I love walking! I can do yoga at a studio again! I forgot how comfy my bed is, especially when my fiance is in it! The trees here are blooming and they’re tickling my nose!

So what will I be up to for the next five weeks besides basking in the glory of a metropolis? Well I’m going to become a “yogi”, which is basically a volunteer worker at a yoga studio, working for karma and free yoga classes. I’ve also been invited to become a contributer for the Greenpointers blog, the (nearly) official website for my neighborhood. Check out my introduction and first post here!

I also need to buy a new lens for my D80 and need some help from any photographer friends who want to come shopping. I hate buying expensive electronics, but love guidance! ;)

Goodbye for now, Canada

April 11, 2010 § 1 Comment

I wasn’t going to post anything about going back to New York tomorrow in fear of jinxing myself and the border finding some reason to refuse me, but this photo is just too good, I had to use it for something and this seems perfect!

Here’s a short explanation of what’s happening for all of you confused followers of my immigration woes. I am going to drive to Niagara Falls tomorrow, where I will need to get out of the car and meet with an immigration officer who knows my case and has spoken to my lawyer, and I will promise them I will indeed return to Canada and not disappear into America, never to be seen again. I will then fly to NYC out of Buffalo. I will be there for approximately 5 weeks, then Nick and I will fly to Montreal together for my visa interview at the end of May. I will cart my chest x-rays, medical history, police record (a very boring one), long form birth certificate, etc. to the American Consulate and present it all to them nicely and they will hopefully tell me “Come on in!” but of course, it won’t be instantaneous, I will have to leave my passport with them, they will go through some bureaucratic stuff, insert my K1 visa into my passport, and mail it back to me (with my own prepaid self-addressed envelope, of course).

So there you have it! Please cross your fingers that I will receive less harassment and feel less like a criminal than I did in November when I went on this journey. See you in a couple weeks, Steve & Chad!

If you were a bookshelf, which would you be?

April 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

How many of you have headed straight to friends’ personal libraries upon first visiting their home? It’s one of my favourite things to do when let loose in a new place. With so many books to choose from and so many ways to arrange said books, it really speaks volumes (no pun intended!) about a person.

Jane Mount has created a series of art inspired by the book collections of friends and family. With so many pieces to choose from, I think there’s a print out there for every avid reader. Although many of the pieces had just one book I loved, I personally was drawn to the one pictured above, sprinkled with some of my favourites like Geek Love, Catcher in the Rye, and Harry Potter.

Meet your new favourite live band

April 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

I had the good fortune of seeing Foxy Shazam for the fourth time on Monday night at Sneaky Dees. This band gives each performance their “all” like no other band I’ve ever seen! Although the sight lines of the venue sucked for a band that you want to be able to see, the show was great. The kids loved it, jumped up and down, sang along, and even tried to mosh. I thought the floor was going to cave in and I was going to land in someone’s half-congealed nachos below me. After the show, a couple of the guys in the band told me in concerned-but-pleased voices that they suspect some of these kids may have downloaded their new album illegally, as they knew all the words to the new songs that aren’t released until the 13th.

Amazing night and electrifying show and now I have plans to see the Lion King on a double date with the lead singer, Eric, his wife, and my fiance. Life ain’t bad.

Good news for Torontonians; those with glasses

April 7, 2010 § 2 Comments

My favorite store, Uniqlo, is finally coming to Canada! This will not only put an end to friends trying to place “Uniqlo orders” for me to bring back to them when I visit, but also, sadly, my reasoning that they should just come visit me in New York and we’ll go shopping. All in all, I’m thrilled for fashion-conscious Torontonians on a budget, whose lives are about to get a heck of a lot better when it comes to buying jeans and other basics.

EDIT: I’ve been trying to find more information on Uniqlo’s Canadian arrival, and it seems everyone’s a little confused. Is this a countdown clock or is Uniqlo just telling me what city I’m in? Either way, I still have high hopes for the chain coming to Toronto.

In other news, this is an amazing idea. I don’t know if those of you with good eyesight understand how hard it is for those of us with glasses to take the time to dig through our purses (or pockets) to find that little cleaning cloth they give you when you get your spectacles each time you get some dust or finger prints on your lenses. Sometimes, you’re far too lazy for that plus, you don’t always feel like looking dorky. This shirt has a subtle built-in cleaning cloth that just adds some asymmetrical pizzazz to your dress shirt. I’d love to see the women’s version!

Mom, this is how twitter works (by Jessica Hische)

April 6, 2010 § 2 Comments

I love this “Mom, this is how twitter works” image by artist¬†Jessica Hische. It continues on my previous thoughts on how to properly use the social networking site.

Wedding Photos

April 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

As my Canadian exile and immigration issues are drawing to a close, I get to start planning mine & Nick’s future in New York again. First stop, wedding photos!

Even though we are getting married at NYC City Hall and will have just a few family members there, we still want to get some nice photos of the event. I’ve been gawking over beautiful photos by Max Wanger, Heather Waraksa, Heather MacEachern, and Elizabeth Kowal and have decided on my friend Jesse Brown to document the day. I can’t wait to have some photos of Nick and I that aren’t us in the middle of eating dinner, as taken by my dad, or ¬†my self-portrait-style photos of us squished together.

Who’s your dream wedding photographer?

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